Beyoncé’s makeup artist isn’t a fan of this popular highlighting technique

“I beg you, it’s not sexy”

Editor / June 27 2022

The way we use highlighter is forever changing. And if you ask Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John, there’s one particular technique that he thinks we should all retire ASAP.

Those who like glazed donut skin and luminous cheeks, don’t worry, you’re safe. To be clear, he doesn’t have a problem with glow, just where it goes.

And the one place it shouldn’t? Your nose.

Sir John’s glowing makeup tips

Speaking to GLAMOUR UK about all things bronzing and highlighting, Sir John made a plea to those who like to put highlighter on the tip of their snoz. 

I beg you, never add shimmer to the end of your nose,” he said. “It’s not sexy, no matter what you see on YouTube.” 

In fact, when it comes to highlighter, he says to stick to the sides of your face altogether. “My rule is to never apply shimmer from the outer corner of the eye inward, anywhere on the face,” he told the publication.

We’ll admit, we were slightly shook by that one. Who doesn’t love a little inner corner eye-lighting?!


Other secrets he revealed when it comes to glowing skin included starting your bronzer from the edge of your hairline. “Go deeper on the outer edge of the face,” he instructed. “Then keep your bronzer one shade lighter in the centre of the face and use it like a pressed powered over the middle of the cheeks.” 

The makeup artist and Creative Director L’Oréal Paris USA named a new L’Oreal Paris Infallible bronzer as one of his faves but it’s sadly not available in Australia yet. However, Back To Bronze ($14.97 at Chemist Warehouse) is a beloved BEAUTYcrew favourite.

And finally, he shared the secret to keeping our faces sweat-proof (assuming we’d be busting a move to Beyoncé's new “Break My Soul”, probably).  “My 'Teflon Face' trick is to apply creams first – foundation and cream blush – then set them with a powder blush or bronzer buffed over the top,” he revealed. “This duality of cream then powder means products will stay longer.” 

Here are some of our favourites for layering:

Samantha McMeekin was BEAUTYcrew's Editor from January 2020 to June 2023. She has worked as a journalist in the beauty and lifestyle industry for over 10 years. In 2019, she was nominated for Best Digital Writer at the BSME Awards for her work on GLAMOUR UK. If you ever meet her in person, she'll probably try to guess which fragrance you're wearing (she's got a humble 60% strike rate).